After Two Terms As T&CP President, Dana Rader Enters Hall of Fame

By Lisa D. Mickey

 

When former LPGA T&CP President Dana Rader reflects on her career en route to this year’s Hall of Fame induction, she credits those who helped her along the way.

She also describes the two terms she served as the T&CP’s President as the “best six years of my life.”

“Sometimes it was tough,” admitted Rader, owner/operator of the Dana Rader Golf School in Charlotte, N.C. “We had to make cuts and some changes that not everybody liked, but it was necessary. It was fun work.” Continue reading

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The College Golf Seminar is an Eye Opening Glimpse into what it takes to Play College Golf.

Contributor – Stacy Miller ArndtLPGA Junior Golf Director, Congressional CC, Bethesda, Maryland

This past February many Northeast Section LPGA T&CP professionals attended the Fourth Annual MAPGA (Mid Atlantic PGA) College Golf Seminar at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. The goal of the College Golf Seminar is to educate golf professionals, parents and juniors on college golf opportunities at various playing levels.

The panel of  experts at the seminar included the following collegiate golf coaches: Matt Ball, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rob Ferguson, Marymount University, Jay Hardwick, Virginia Tech, Scott Moyer, McDaniel College, Pat Owen, US Naval Academy, Kate Schanuel and Brian Yaniger, Towson University, Scott Singhass, Shenandoah University, and LeRoy Williams, Bridgewater College.

The morning session began with coach introduction and a short tip and a word from Penn State and University of Maryland at Eastern Shore PGM (Professional Golf Management) representatives.

Then, the seminar broke out into three smaller sessions: How do I Choose the Right School for Me, Scholarship 101 and How do I Get the Attention of Coaches.

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In the How do I Get the Attention of Coaches session, the coaches agreed that juniors should always play in their state junior championship. College coaches are also looking at multi-day tournament results.

In Scholarship 101, the Division III coaches explained there are no athletic scholarships. Rather, players are awarded Academic scholarships and Grant money. Many times, the academic scholarship and grant money can equal what is offered at Division I schools.

Jay Hardwick of Virginia Tech showed us what a typical student athlete day and a typical tournament competition week is like in  How do I Choose the Right School for Me.

Above is just a brief overview of what was covered that day. Below, see what a couple of our members had to say about the MAPGA College Golf Seminar:

Linda Gaudi, LPGA/PGA Director of Instruction at CC at Fairfax said “I never miss an opportunity to attend the College Golf Seminar. Each year, I bring a couple of students. The information shared is vital and gives a true understanding of the process needed to play college golf at any level. Due to the MAPGA College Golf Seminar, I added a feature to my coaching programs helping my students with a pathway to playing college golf.”

Liz Cooper, LPGA/PGA Director of Player Development at Army Navy CC said “The College Golf Seminar is an eye opening glimpse into what it takes to play competitive golf in college. I would encourage all golf professionals who work with juniors to attend this event as it provides the unique opportunity to interact with coaches from Division I to Division III. I think, most importantly, I walked away with a network of college coaches that I can reach out to with any questions I have in the future.

MAPGA will again host the College Golf Seminar in 2018 at Congressional Country Club in Maryland.

Liz Gentile, Secretary, NE LPGA T&CP

PGA Jr. Golf League-Carol Rhoades

The PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game of golf. Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends.

Each team is captained by a PGA or LPGA Professional, who serves as the coach and is at the forefront of creating a welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game. PGA Junior League Golf utilizes a popular scramble format that creates a nurturing environment for learning and development – both on and off course.
Registration will open for PGA Junior League Golf on February 1.

In 2016 LPGA & PGA members captained teams to the National Championship. I encourage you to visit the http://www.PGAJLG.comfor information on the most rapidly growing program in golf. For registration and support documents visit http://www.PGA.org/PGAJLG. There is a “Pre-Registration” Questionnaire & Planning Guide that will take you through the process. There are also 8 Regional Player Development Specialists that can answer questions specific to your area. If you have any have questions please feel free to contact me at carol@pga.com. As the Captain of a National Finals Team last year, I encourage you to consider participating in this program.

Meet Your Officers: Connie Capanegra, SE Section Vice-President

What is your current employment?

Program Director at The First Tee of The Palm Beaches

Please share a brief golf, teaching, playing, and college bio.

I went to Lindenwood University on a golf scholarship where I also got my MBA. I regularly play in tournament events and Pro-Ams through The First Tee. I primarily teach juniors 2 to 18 years old and also adults. I am a certified SNAG instructor, Little Golf Train Conductor, TPI certified and a US Kids Golf Coach. LPGA Girls Golf Site Director. I am 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I introduced a junior golf program at The Benjamin Lower School and Weiss School in Palm Beach Gardens.

Other non-golf career background?

I have a Hotel Management and Hospitality degree and an MBA. I taught Spanish at The Benjamin School.

Current job title:

Program Director at The First Tee of The Palm Beaches, Broward and The Treasure Coast.

Location:

West Palm Beach, FL

Type of facility. Driving Range with a 9-hole par 3 course and a short game practice area.

Are you an employee or independent contractor for the facility? Employee, but I also teach private lessons independently.

Types of programs and services you are involved with at your facility? After school and

Saturdays Junior Programs 2 to 18 years old. Veterans and Special Needs Programs. LPGA Girls Golf Programs and high school team practice.

Best advice you have ever received in terms of your profession or life?

Never stop learning. Observe the best and learn from them. You never fail until you quit.

Worst advice you have ever received in terms of your profession or life?

Just look pretty.

Most memorable golf lesson?

With Mr. Toski. You will never get bored and you will always learn.

Have you ever told a student anything you regret?

Not yet.

Best advice you would give a new golfer learning the game?

First, learn how to have FUN. Enjoy the game!

Best advice you would give a non-competitive junior golfer’s parents?

It is more important to be a good person than a good player.

Best advice you would give a highly competitive junior golfer’s parents?

Set realistic goals, work hard. Even the world best players miss shots every round.

What do you consider an ideal job setting?

It is all about having a great team; any setting with people that support and encourage me to be better.

Favorite book you have ever read!

Running on Empty by Jonice Webb.

Hobbies/ Interests?

Sports and outdoors activities: Tae Kwon Do, beach volleyball, paddle boarding with my dog, snorkeling, reading, taking my dog to the beach and dog events.

Why did you join the LPGA T&CP?

I joined the LPGA T&CP to learn more about golf and be part of a recognized professional organization. I want to be the best teacher I can be.

One unique thing no one knows about you!

My favorite painter is Salvador Dali and I have a cat named Dali. My dog’s name is Ben Hogan.

Favorite thing about being an LPGA T&CP member?

Having an excellent network of professional friends.

Northeast LPGA T&CP Member Receives National Award for Junior Leadership

The 2016 LPGA T&CP National Awards Reception was held at the PGA Show on Thursday, January 26, 2017.  Congratulations to the 2016 Junior Golf Leadership Award winner, Northeast Section member, Stacy Miller-Arndt.  Stacy is the Junior Golf Director at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.  Her family made the trip from Texas to help her celebrate her achievement by attending the Rolex Awards Reception.  Pictured left to right, Stacy’s father Chuck and mother Diane, her husband Gus, sister-in-law Rebekah, brother, Clay and her sons Hunter and Gustave.

Congratulations to all of the LPGA T&CP National Award winners: Teacher of the Year, Marvol Barnard; Golf Professional of the Year Mary-Lee Cobick, and Coach of the Year Mary Ritchie.

2017 Annual PGA Show in Orlando

pga-show-1The Annual PGA Show in January is always a crowd pleaser for golf professionals and manufacturers around the world. Attendees meet in Orlando, Florida to shop the latest equipment, apparel and everything golf. They are there too to have fun and to schmooze with golfers from everywhere you can imagine.

The event also provides a venue  for professionals to attend golf and teaching workshops as well as award ceremonies.

Two of our northeast section officers have written a message to share with you after attending the PGA Show this year. Continue reading